Quality Leader

Job Description

Auto req ID: 206989BR

Job Description

Responsible for development and operation of quality control systems at the Plant and Business Unit Level within the plant. Application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures using methodology and statistical methods to correct and improve quality control practices. Possess strong people skills and team building capabilities. Participate in TPM structure implementing total quality systems that support TPM process. Lead B.U. Quality and food safety activities and processes. Have the knowledge and ability to develop and administer management information systems (IQS) and to audit quality systems for improvements. Primary focus will be applying process expertise, knowledge and learnings to optimize manufacturing control and drive improved consumer and cost performance of the products, and assuring compliance to all food safety regulatory and quality system requirements.

Managing plant and B.U. policies and procedures for compliance to food safety regulations and requirements. Manage plant quality and food safety self-assessments to ensure compliance to company and regulatory quality and food safety standards and policies.
Planning, controlling, and assuring product and process quality to reduce process variation and optimize capability performance for consumer satisfaction. Create and implement statistical quality systems including executing statistical plans and data analysis and training others to use statistics in their daily roles.
Develop action plans with Production, Plant QA, Engineering, R&D and Division Quality Assurance to insure that product specifications, analytical procedures, sampling programs and sensory evaluations are appropriate and meet system capability and key consumer requirements.
Responsible for effectively leading teams through seven step problem solving, TPM and LSS activities, and quality improvement processes. This includes, quantitative methods, project planning and facilitation skills. Lead the Business Unit line teams on quality improvement focused efforts.
Ensure that quality systems development, implementation and verification are in place in order to make quality evaluations, recommend actions for improvement, and assure resolution. This role is responsible to report deviations from established standards and policies to BU and Plant QA leadership and to ensure prompt and immediate corrective action.
Make recommendations for the improvement of production, design and test processes, which would affect product quality. Assure key learning's from root-cause findings are implemented in like systems to reduce opportunity for repetitive issues.
Provide business unit quality training, to include food safety and allergen plans, applied statistics, regulatory requirements, GMPs and quality measurement systems. Be capable of delivering training in the area of continuous improvement processes.
Participate as business unit quality representative on all projects. Act as liaison to Plant QA for support with additional insight and feedback on projects and statistical analysis of equipment capability.
Manage all aspects of product quality and food safety for the BU. This is inclusive of product specs, a quality manual, weight control, traceability, in process and finished product testing and food safety and allergen. Participate as a lead in annual QSHA, FSMA and FSSC22000 audit programs.
Develop, coordinate and recommend procedures in conducting R&D plant tests to assure they are completed in an efficient manner. Also serve as a liaison to Barrington for in-process and finished product spec issues. Ensure that the team is using the most current and complete specs.
Be able to manage the Quality Hold program in areas of Hold initiation, verification, reconciliation, and closing. Be one of the plant hold resources (KPI owner) and subject matter experts (SME) to assure all SRC's are initiated and completed for all repetitive, excessive, and food safety holds; provide data and trending reports to the teams and plant; and effective partnerships within the plant and with co-packers and distribution centers.
Coach production teams using TPM coaching methods and tools to progress successfully through audit sections on scheduled timelines.
Be able to lead in-process sensory programs as needed which includes facilitating quality walls; routinely perform sensory testing on R&D tests as well as the evaluation of any suspect product; managing the sensory program with obtaining target samples for the program and compiling sensory reporting. Leads CC investigation, testing and response for sensory attributes complaints or issues.
Provide leadership in routine laboratory functions, including assisting in the identification, hiring, training and onboard of all new QA technicians utilizing diversity goals to assure they are properly trained to work in the Danville QA Lab.

Position is a Level 6 +


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science, Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field or comparable experience consisting of 5 years minimum
  • Clear understanding and working knowledge of Process and Compliance Quality Systems
  • Ability to motivate and lead teams
  • Ability to train others in Total Quality Management Philosophies
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management and plant personnel
  • Working knowledge in principals of SPC, Project Management, Facilitation, Prioritization, Problem Solving skills
  • Ability to work in both union and non-union environments.
  • FSSC22000, FSMA and quality systems knowledge and experience preferred

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular

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